Saturday, November 4, 2017
November 4-5, 2017: October 2017 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
October 2: LongmireStudying: Genre Plus: Ahead of its upcoming final season, a Longmire series starts with how a cultural work can be both traditional and groundbreaking.
October 3: LongmireStudying: Walt: The series continues with clichés, classic and revised, and a wonderful character who straddles that line.
October 4: LongmireStudying: Standing Bear: Two historical contexts for my favorite Longmire character, as the series rolls on.
October 5: LongmireStudying: Vic and Cady: The similar strengths and divergent arcs of the show’s two compelling female leads.
October 6: LongmireStudying: Nighthorse: The series concludes with a scene that embodies a character’s—and perhaps the show’s—contradictions.
October 7-8: Indigenous Performers in Popular Culture: Nipo Strongheart, Jay Silverheels, Graham Greene, and the evolving history of indigenous performers and roles in popular culture.
October 9: Columbus Day Alternatives: Brothers Among Nations: A series on cross-cultural alternatives to the holiday starts with Cynthia Van Zandt’s book on the arrival and contact era.
October 10: Columbus Day Alternatives: Ely Parker: The series continues with the cross-cultural relationships and experiences of a 19th century icon.
October 11: Columbus Day Alternatives: W.J. Harsha and Sarah Winnemucca: Literature, identity, and authenticity in late 19th century writing and society, as the series rolls on.
October 12: Columbus Day Alternatives: Zitkala-Ša: The challenging and vital cross-cultural perspective of one of America’s most unique women and voices.
October 13: Columbus Day Alternatives: Siobhan Senier on Dawnland Voices: The series concludes with my friend and colleague Siobhan on her wonderful edited anthology of indigenous writing.
October 14-15: Guest Post: Nancy Caronia on Italian Americans and Columbus Day: My newest Guest Post, a challenging and compelling look at some hard cultural and communal questions.
October 16: Children’s Histories: Mike Mulligan and His America: Inspired by a new YA historical novel, a series on children’s book histories starts with the many layers to a Depression-era classic.
October 17: Children’s Histories: Curious George: The series continues with two distinct ways to look at a controversial classic.
October 18: Children’s Histories: Dr. Seuss and Propaganda: The iconic children’s author’s surprising starting points, as the series rolls on.
October 19: Children’s Histories: Little House on the Prairie: A key difference between the literary and TV versions of a classic story, and why it matters.
October 20: Children’s Histories: The Boneshaker: The series concludes with more overt and more subtle lessons from a tale of historical horror.
October 21-22: Children’s Histories: The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball: What a new YA historical novel can add to our collective memories of the Chinese Educational Mission.
October 23: Stranger (Things) Studying: Dungeons & Dragons: Ahead of Season 2’s release, a Stranger Things series starts with the stigmas and benefits of role-playing games.
October 24: Stranger (Things) Studying: Weird Sciences: The series continues with two sides to science in ‘80s pop culture, and how the show engages with both.
October 25: Stranger (Things) Studying: Lost Boys: Contextualizing and challenging texts that feature adrift and endangered boys, as the series rolls on.
October 26: Stranger (Things) Studying: Pretty (Badass) Women: StrangerStudying the show’s badass female leads.
October 27: Stranger (Things) Studying: ‘80s Nostalgia: The series concludes with three layers to the show’s nostalgic embrace of all things 1980s.
October 28-29: Jeff Renye on Stranger Things: The New Weird Made Old?: In one of my favorite Guest Posts, Jeff analyzes the show through the lens of the weird tale tradition.
October 30: 7 Years of Scholarly Blogging: Matthew Teutsch: For AmericanStudier’s 7th anniversary, a series on some wonderful fellow public scholarly bloggers starts with Matthew Teutsch.
October 31: 7 Years of Scholarly Blogging: Emily Lauer on NYsferatu: The series continues with a Halloween special, my friend and frequent Guest Poster Emily Lauer on a new film.
November 1: 7 Years of Scholarly Blogging: Robert Greene II: Three ways you can read the unique and wonderful voice of a South Carolina History PhD student, as the series rolls on.
November 2: 7 Years of Scholarly Blogging: Rob Velella: The tributes conclude with a multi-talented and –faceted public scholar, Rob Velella.
November 3: 7 Years of Scholarly Blogging: AmericanStudier: The anniversary series concludes with two realizations from my first years of blogging, and one goal for what’s next.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!